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Senator Pete Domenici(R-NM)to Seek Seventh Term
Politics1.com ^

Posted on 11/16/2006 9:09:47 PM PST by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

Two aging incumbents thought to be likely retirement candidates -- US Senators Ted Stevens (R-AK) and Pete Domenici (R-NM) -- announced Thursday they will both seek re-election in 2008. Stevens, a seven-term incumbent, will be 84 in 2008. Domenici, a six-term incumbent, will be 76 in 2008...

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: addictedtopower; fossils; hangitup; petedomenici; retirealready; tedstevens
Domenici's run effectively takes New Mexico off the table as a possible gain for the Dems, unless Bill Richardson decides he really wants to be a senator.
1 posted on 11/16/2006 9:09:48 PM PST by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief
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To: Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

I thought they'd been embalmed.


2 posted on 11/16/2006 9:10:45 PM PST by Thud
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To: Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

We must get rid of Stevens. He has to go. If we can't talk him into retiring, we've got to get rid of him in the primary. He is a symbol of all that is bad in Washington.


3 posted on 11/16/2006 9:10:54 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm
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To: Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

Maybe he just likes the job. If he's happy doing it and is still mentally sharp, why not?


4 posted on 11/16/2006 9:11:40 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Karl Rove isn't magnificent.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

We are in desperate need of young Republicans.


5 posted on 11/16/2006 9:13:40 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

If he is re-elected, we'll have to continue hearing about the "Bridge to Nowhere" for years and years to come. I agree with you that he needs to be replaced.


6 posted on 11/16/2006 9:17:07 PM PST by FarRightFanatic
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To: Paleo Conservative

There ought to be an unspoken retirement age for senators, or at least an accepted limit on the number of terms someone can serve. There are only 100 senators in the whole country at any given time; it's probably not great for someone to monopolize one of those 100 positions for 30 or 40 years. After a quarter-century or so, it might be a good idea to step aside and let the next generation rise into leadership.


7 posted on 11/16/2006 9:29:05 PM PST by seacapn
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To: sageb1

*Sits in corner raising hand*


8 posted on 11/16/2006 9:29:59 PM PST by RockinRight (The loss is temporary, hopefully we learn from our mistakes.)
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To: RockinRight

Takes more than raising your hand. I looked at your homepage. If you got it, flaunt it (soon please). Except the heavy metal... ouch.


9 posted on 11/16/2006 9:33:25 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: seacapn

I agree, but I also don't believe in unilateral disarmament either. Ted Kennedy, Sheets Byrd and other 'RATS have over four decades seniority. Actually I think they have shot themselves in the foot. They might have had a shot at winning back Congress if the the old guard had been term limited out.


10 posted on 11/16/2006 9:36:55 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Karl Rove isn't magnificent.)
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To: Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

There are too many U.S. Senators who have served for a long time from both political parties, and they are good examples as to why the debate for federal term limits needs to be started again.


11 posted on 11/16/2006 9:52:35 PM PST by johnthebaptistmoore
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To: Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

Not a huge fan of Domenici, but this is very good news. If we are to have any chance of taking the Senate in '08, we'll need to hold this seat, and he'll do it easily.


12 posted on 11/16/2006 9:54:30 PM PST by zbigreddogz
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To: Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

Good for Domenici... we'd be in dnager if he left now.


Stevens, though, I'd rather see retire.


13 posted on 11/16/2006 10:09:37 PM PST by WOSG (The 4-fold path to save America - Think right, act right, speak right, vote right!)
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To: Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

Good news on Senaor Domenici. Richardson won't risk it, I don't think.


14 posted on 11/16/2006 10:10:45 PM PST by Princip. Conservative
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To: seacapn

It would be good to have constitutional term limits (remember that great idea???) of 18 years for the House and Senate.


15 posted on 11/16/2006 10:11:17 PM PST by WOSG (The 4-fold path to save America - Think right, act right, speak right, vote right!)
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To: seacapn

I think 90 would be a good retirement age. If someone is elected at 88, then the senator would appoint someone to finish their term until the next election.


16 posted on 11/16/2006 10:13:27 PM PST by Munson
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To: Munson

Poor Heather Wilson have to keep holding on for him to retire.


17 posted on 11/16/2006 10:32:23 PM PST by Paul8148
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To: Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

Good news for Republicans from New Mexico. Alaska is a different story. Ted Stevens is holding the GOP down. He would be a great candidate for a possible Club for Growth primary challenge. Alaska probably won't vote for a Dem.


18 posted on 11/16/2006 10:35:44 PM PST by AVNevis (In memory of Emily Keyes (1990-2006))
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To: WOSG

You are only half right. Both these slugs need to give it up. Here are two examples of why incumbency is so insidious; after so long in office, the office holder forgets who actually owns the seat. Staying there becomes the top priority instead of grooming an acceptable replacement. We have to get over this "congress is disgraceful, but we have to keep our guys in at any cost" mentality.


19 posted on 11/17/2006 1:55:02 AM PST by thelastvirgil (Lest ye put all your faith in the government to provide for you, check their track record.)
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To: sageb1

Nothing wrong with a little metal.


20 posted on 11/17/2006 4:55:03 AM PST by RockinRight (The loss is temporary, hopefully we learn from our mistakes.)
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To: AVNevis

That's an excellent idea. Remember that conservatives actually got rid of the aging liberal Jake Javits in New York in 1980 by running Al D'Amato against him in a primary.


21 posted on 11/17/2006 5:49:51 AM PST by Dems_R_Losers (The people have spoken.......the housecleaning starts NOW!!)
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To: thelastvirgil
Domenici is moderate to conservative and if he retired the seat would definitely go to the Democrats in todays climate in NM. Maybe with Richardson gone in 2010 we could turn it around.

The Pubbies need some young blood here in NM, especially one with an Hispanic surname. Unfortunately, unless you are like Richardson and tout your half-Mexican heritage every chance you get, a lot of Hispanic voters pull the lever for a candidate with a surname like theirs. That's just the way it is here, especially now as the Hispanic population is growing. As an example, the Republicans had Manual Lujan as the US representative for NM-1 for many years. Since then, it has been a struggle each election to retain that seat with the Democrats running a Hispanic candidate each time.

22 posted on 11/17/2006 8:30:51 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave

Good news for the GOP. 2008 is already going to be a very tough year for us in the Senate, with the GOP having to defend 21 of the 33 seats in play, a number of which are in states where the GOP is very vulnerable (NH, OR, MN, VA, CO). The Dims, OTOH, only have one, maybe two, of their 12 seats that could be called vulnerable (SD, LA) - the rest should be stone cold locks for them. The Republicans will need all the help they can get to avoid losing even more seats in '08 - Domenici's decision to stay will give them some of that help.


23 posted on 11/17/2006 9:54:23 AM PST by CFC__VRWC (AIDS, abortion, euthanasia - Don't liberals just kill ya?)
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To: WOSG
Stevens, though, I'd rather see retire.

I'm hoping that he'll decide to call it quits once the gravy train that provides bridges to nowhere dries up under the Dim leadership - at least some good could come out of the November elections, anyway.

24 posted on 11/17/2006 10:02:25 AM PST by CFC__VRWC (AIDS, abortion, euthanasia - Don't liberals just kill ya?)
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To: Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

This is a funny story.
Both will be gone in ‘08.


25 posted on 10/03/2007 5:28:34 PM PDT by soupcon
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